LAKELAND - Florida Southern brought out its offense here Friday evening as the Moccasins took a season high 49 shots and scored a season high 12 goals in its 12-6 non-conference victory over Mars Hill at Bryant Stadium.
With the win, the Mocs improved to 3-2 on the season, while the Lions fell to 0-3 on the young season.
Florida Southern, who is in the midst of an 11 game homestand, got a season high four goals from junior attacker Cody Dyer (Slingerlands, N.Y.) and two goals each from junior attacker Tyler Kopen (Wynnewood, Pa.) and sophomore midfielder Lucas Claude (Calgary, Alberta) in its victory. On the night, seven different Moccasins scored a goal and 14 different Mocs recorded at least one shot, including Dyer taking nine shots.
The Mocs opened the scoring just a little over 90 seconds into the game as freshman midfielder Nick Gutmann (Long Island, N.Y.) scored an unassisted goal to give the Mocs a 1-0 lead. Dyer would score his first goal just four minutes into the game as he took a pass from Gutmann and found space to record a man-up goal.
Mars Hill would get on the scoreboard about midway through the first quarter as Anthony Farmer scored an unassisted goal to drop the Mocs lead to 2-1.
Sophomore midfielder Cody Gray (Riverview, Fla.) would score his eighth goal of the season with a 1:28 left in the opening period to give the Mocs a 3-1 lead. Gray's score came off an assist from Claude.
The Mocs would put the game out of reach in the second quarter as they scored six goals on 15 shots in the period to take a 9-1 lead at halftime.
In the quarter, Claude scored the first two goals within two minutes of each other, while Kopen scored the third and fifth goals of the period. Freshman attacker Liam Winwood (Kings Park, N.Y.) scored an unassisted goal with 5:22 left in the quarter to give the Mocs 7-1 lead. Dyer would complete the scoring in the quarter as he a man down goal with 3:26 left in the half to give the Mocs a 9-1 advantage.
The Lions took advantage of a man-up situation just a little over six minutes into the third quarter to score its second goal of the game.
FSC would answer MHU's man-up goal by Nathan Stewart by using goals from freshman midfielder Dalton Simpson (Henderson, Nev.) and Dyer to push its lead to 11-2 at the end of the third quarter. The goal by Simpson was the first of his collegiate career.
The Mocs would added its 12th goal just 91 seconds into the fourth quarter thanks to Dyer off a pass from Simpson. It marked the third consecutive game that Dyer scored three or more goals.
From that point, the Mocs would begin to substitute as every player that suited up saw action on the night as the Mocs played 38 players in the game, including playing four different goalies in the fourth quarter.
MHU would close the game by scoring four goals in a span of four-plus minutes at the end of the game to set the final margin. Two of those goals came from Stewart, while A.J. Seip had an unassisted goal and Austin Bouchard scored a man-down goal with 11 seconds left in the game.
Junior Matt Lalli (New Milford, Conn.) played the first three quarters in goal and allowed just two goals and recorded eight saves on the night. He also added six ground balls as the Mocs picked up 38 ground balls on the night.
In addition to Dyer's nine shots, he also had added two assists to finish with six points for the game.
The Mocs also recorded 29 shots on goal in the win, while Mars Hill had 16, including six shots on the goal in the fourth quarter.
Ryan Kearney went the distance in the pipes for the Lions as he finished with 17 saves and allowed 12 goals.
Stewart finished the game with a hat-trick for the Lions as he scored three goals and leads Mars Hill in goals with nine on the season. Stewart (9) and Seip (6) combined for 15 of MHU's 28 shots in the game. Five of MHU's six goals were unassisted.
The Mocs won the battle in the face-off circle as freshman Joseph Biondi, Jr. (Orange, Conn.) was 10-for-18 on face-offs as FSC finished the game 12-for-23 on face-offs. MHU was 11-for-23 as Addison Sowell took 19 of them and was 9-for-19 on the night.
MHU committed 22 turnovers and the Mocs recorded 11 caused turnovers, while FSC had 19 turnovers and MHU finished with nine caused turnovers.
FSC will continue its homestand on Sunday, Feb. 28 as they host Lenoir-Rhyne in a 1 p.m. game at Bryant Stadium.